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2-Day Vinicunca Mountain & Waqrapukara Adventure

Discover the Rainbow Mountain and the Fortress in the Sky


Cusco, Peru


2 Days




Year Round

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2-Day Vinicunca Mountain & Waqrapukara Adventure Overview

Dive deep into the heart of the Andes with our meticulously curated 2-day adventure, designed to unveil the hidden treasures of Peru. From the vibrant tapestry of Vinicunca’s Rainbow Mountain to the ancient mysteries of Waqrapukara, this journey promises a blend of nature’s grandeur and the echoes of ancient civilizations. With scenic treks, gourmet meals amidst majestic landscapes, and nights under starlit skies, we invite you to experience Peru in a way few have.

Our tour seamlessly combines the thrill of exploration with moments of reflection, ensuring every traveler gets an intimate experience of the region’s beauty and heritage. Guided by our expert team, you’ll traverse breathtaking landscapes, discover age-old secrets, and immerse in tales that bridge the gap between the past and the present. Join us, as we journey beyond the known, into the heart of Peru’s magic.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 4:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Rainbow Mountain, Pomacanchi Lake and Waqrapukara

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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 02:30
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 02:30
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 02:30
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 02:30
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 02:30
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 02:30

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2-Day Vinicunca Mountain & Waqrapukara Adventure

Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Day 1: Cusco – Vinicunca Mountain – Pomacanchi Lake

The day commences with the soft hum of Cusco’s morning. At 02:30 am, we set the wheels in motion, embarking on a 3-hour scenic drive that promises the first taste of the Andes’ grandeur. As the journey unfolds, the trailhead beckons. Here, our dedicated cook prepares a fresh and nourishing breakfast, setting the stage for the trek ahead.

By around 06:00 am, the path to Vinicunca calls. This 2-hour trek is more than just a walk; it’s a journey through a kaleidoscope of colors, where nature’s artistry unveils the mesmerizing hues of the Rainbow Mountain. Here, atop this natural canvas, you’ll have approximately 30 minutes to an hour, a luxury that allows for exploration, reflection, and countless memories captured in frames.

Yet, as the descent from Vinicunca begins, the day’s adventure is far from over. Awaiting at the base is not just a meal, but a culinary celebration, with a buffet lunch crafted by our expert cook. As the afternoon matures, we’ll guide you to the serene Pomacanchi Lagoon, where the evening unfolds with a camp set up by the water, exploration of its depths, and a dinner that promises stories under the starlit sky.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, and Dinner
Hiking: Approx. 4-5 hours, 11 km

Pomacanchi Lagoon greets the dawn with a serene embrace. After a hearty breakfast around 06:00 am, we guide you on a journey to the ancient citadel of Waqrapukara. The initial trek, starting from Punta Carretera, is a blend of nature’s artistry and history. For the first 2 hours, the path offers glimpses of high Andean lakes and vast landscapes. But it’s the descent to Waqrapukara that truly takes the breath away. This ancient ceremonial center, perched amidst gigantic rock formations, offers vistas that seem to bridge the gap between earth and sky.

The exploration of Waqrapukara is a journey through time, with its stone structures whispering tales of a bygone era. Yet, the descent offers its own set of wonders, with ancient rock paintings guiding the 2-hour path to Huayqui. As the day winds down, Pomacanchi Lagoon beckons once more, where a sumptuous lunch crafted by our cook awaits. With stories shared and memories made, the drive back to Cusco promises a return to comfort by approximately 6:00 pm, with the heart full and the spirit enriched.

Accommodation: Return to Cusco
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Hiking: Approx. 4-5 hours, 14 km

Tour Highlights

2-Day Vinicunca Mountain & Waqrapukara Adventure Highlights

  • Vinicunca’s Vibrancy: Experience the breathtaking Rainbow Mountain, a natural canvas painted with a spectrum of colors, offering unparalleled photo opportunities.
  • Pomacanchi Lagoon’s Tranquility: Camp by the serene shores of Pomacanchi Lagoon, diving into its depths and enjoying a starlit dinner by its waters.
  • Waqrapukara’s Mystique: Explore the ancient ceremonial center of Waqrapukara, perched amidst gigantic rock formations, overlooking the deep Apurímac River Valley.
  • Ancient Rock Paintings: Discover age-old rock paintings on the path to Huayqui, bearing silent testimony to the region’s rich history.
  • Scenic Drives & Treks: Journey through the Andean landscapes, with scenic drives and treks that offer glimpses of high Andean lakes, vast landscapes, and the heart of Peru’s natural beauty.
  • Local Insights & Stories: Immerse in tales of a bygone era, with our guides offering insights into the region’s history, culture, and the significance of the places visited.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide.
  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel/office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Hotel pick-up and transportation to trailhead.
  • Return transportation from trail’s end.
  • 4-person tent for every 2 people.
  • Inflatable mattress.
  • Kitchen tent, dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Toilet tent.
  • Professional chef and assistant chef.
  • Daily morning boiled and cold water for water bottle refills.
  • Duffel bag for your personal gear.
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 1 dinner.
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free options at no extra cost.
  • Provision of snacks during the trek.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • Entrance fee to Vinicunca Rainbow mountain and Waqrapukara site.


Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Sleeping bag (available for rent).
  • Trekking poles (available for rent).
  • Day 2 dinner.
  • Tips for tour guides, chefs, and support staff are not included and are at your discretion.

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • Emergency Horse & Handler: An extra horse and a trained handler provide added safety on the trail.
  • North Face Four-Season Tents: State-of-the-art, weather-resistant tents for ultimate outdoor comfort.
  • Sleeping Bag: Sleep well with one premium sleeping bag per person.
  • Walking Sticks: 01 pair per person for added stability.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Personal Duffel Bag: Use a durable duffel bag to conveniently carry your personal gear, including the sleeping bag and self-inflating pads.
  • Dedicated Tour Guide: Get personalized insights and guidance from an expert tour guide throughout your journey.
  • Fair Compensation: We ensure fair compensation for all our dedicated team members.


Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max



Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max



Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable



Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable



Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person



Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person



Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Special Discounts

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

*Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure – Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Huaynas Expeditions accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments – Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Flexible Cancellation Options for Clients

We understand that circumstances can change, sometimes unexpectedly. If you find the need to cancel your booking, you have the flexibility to do so up to 30 days before the tour start date. In this case, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% administration fee, acknowledging the efforts and resources already invested in planning your tour. Any additional balance paid will also be refunded, ensuring a fair and transparent process.

Understanding Cancellations Within 30 Days

We wish to draw your attention to our policy for cancellations made within 30 days of the tour departure. Given the advanced stage of preparations and commitments made at this juncture, we are unable to offer refunds. This policy is in place to balance the significant logistical arrangements and reservations made on your behalf.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Strong Advocacy for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

We cannot overstate the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. Such insurance plays a critical role in safeguarding your investment against unforeseen cancellations, emergencies, and other unexpected scenarios. It is a proactive measure to ensure peace of mind throughout your journey. Huaynas Expeditions is not responsible for any expenses arising from incidents not covered by your insurance policy.

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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Light day pack with clothes for varied temperatures.
  • Rain gear or poncho.
  • Waterproof trekking boots & extra socks.
  • Warm clothing, including jacket, fleece, gloves, scarf, beanie, and thermals for sleeping.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Torch/flashlight & spare batteries.
  • Camera, film & batteries.
  • Sunblock & after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Insect repellent (20% DEET minimum, no malaria risk reported).
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen & water for the first morning.
  • Personal medical kit (special medications, paracetamol, blister treatment, etc.).
  • Small towel/sarong.
  • Cash for snacks, tips & souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks/poles.


This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential Packing Tips

  • Adhere to the 7 kg weight limit: Ensure the weight of your personal items in the duffle bag stays within the 7 kg limit. This helps maintain a manageable load for our dedicated cook who assists in transporting the bags.
  • Place non-essential items in the duffle bag: Store items you won’t need during the day, like extra clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bags, in the duffle bag to lighten your day pack.
  • Label your duffle bag: Add a luggage tag or other identification to your duffle bag to prevent mix-ups with other trekkers’ bags.
  • Keep valuables in your day pack: Store passports, cameras, cash, and other valuable items in your day pack for added security and easy access.

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Why Choose Huaynas Expeditions

Local Expertise

As a Cusco-based travel agency, our knowledgeable local guides and travel experts have an in-depth understanding of Peru's history, culture, and hidden gems, ensuring an authentic and immersive experience.

Experienced Team

Our dedicated team shares a deep love for Peru and its diverse offerings, ensuring you receive a memorable and uniquely crafted travel experience.

Personalized Itineraries

We understand that every traveler has unique interests and preferences. That's why we work closely with you to create customized itineraries tailored to suit your travel goals and desires.

Top Support

Our devoted team is available 24/7 to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have, ensuring a stress-free and enjoyable travel experience.

Safety and Reliability

Your safety and well-being are our top priorities. We adhere to strict safety protocols and maintain strong relationships with trusted local partners to provide you with the best possible experience.

Competitive Pricing

We strive to offer high-quality travel experiences at competitive prices, ensuring you receive excellent value for your investment.